For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. Emerging Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, and presenting their own research papers. The 2021 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients are as follows:
Diana Maddah is pursuing her PhD in Public Health in a joint program between the Lebanese University and American University of Beirut. She got many awards such as the Delta Omega Award for excellence in public health. She co-lead many projects related to virtual exchange programs, women empowerment, youth engagement and democracy & citizenship programs. She worked at Haigazian University as a Project Coordinator and as a Head of Recruitment and Impact Measurement at Teach For Lebanon NGO. She presents and attends many local and international leadership workshops in London, Peru, Spain, India, Bulgaria, Thailand, etc. Diana joined the Modern University for Business & Science in 2016 as a Public Health Instructor and a Research Director in 2018. She published many academic papers.
Harwati Hashim is an assistant professor at the Centre for Teaching and Learning Innovations, Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia (UKM). She holds a doctorate of philosophy in Education (Teaching English as a Second Language). She is an educational technology enthusiast and an eLearning practitioner. Specialising in Technology-enhanced Language Learning (TELL), she has published numerous articles in indexed journals and proceedings. She is also an active presenter at the local and international conferences as well as at innovation competitions. Her areas of concentration are mobile learning, Mobile-assisted Language Learning (MALL), technology acceptance as well as language pedagogy and the use of technology in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).
Yanqiu Liu is a graduate student in the Department of Educational Technology at Shanghai Normal University. She has been a teaching assistant in a STEM volunteer summer camp, a student assistant in innovative blended teaching practice, and an online teaching assistant in a MOOC for STEM teacher education. Her research interests include educational technology, MOOC intervention, and learning analysis.
Dr Jessica Thompson is a lecturer in Clinical and Professional Practice in the School of Pharmacy and Bioengineering at Keele University. In 2018 she was awarded her PhD, which focused on the utilisation of interactive clinical avatars in pharmacist pre-registration training. Jessica is a pharmacist and continues to locum in community pharmacy alongside her academic role. Her research interests centre on undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy education, including learning and assessment, integration of innovation and technology as well as students’ preparedness to practice. Jessica is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is currently working towards her PG Diploma in Higher Education Practice.
Siphamandla is a lecturer in the Department of Information Science at University of South Africa (UNISA) where he has been working for the past eight years. Currently, he is registered for PHD in Information Systems at the University of Cape Town. He holds a Masters in Information Science (UNISA), Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Library and Information Science as well as Bachelor of Information Science (University of Zululand). Previously Siphamandla worked as an IT Technician at University of Zululand, supporting the faculty of education. He is also involved in community engagement: facilitation of computer literacy in rural communities of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa.
Dr. Subasinghe is active in the professionalism of teaching discourse with a vested interest in local resilience-building-based learning. His innovations in design-build for architectural education has offered useful insights into ePedagogies that carry the same levels of rigor as studio instruction. Post the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004, he has been deeply involved in emancipatory architecture that gives a voice to social strata of the underprivileged and unincorporated across the world. A principal Fulbright Fellow and a Senior Fellow at Higher Education Academy UK, Dr. Subasinghe integrates global interdisciplinary research on micro-human efforts in post-disaster epidemiology and rebuilding into his studio scholarship.
Alyssa is an Academic Specialist at the School of Packaging. Alyssa’s research interests are centered on human-packaging interactions, the communication function of packaging, packaging history, and packaging for sustainability. Her dissertation, titled, “Optimizing OTC Labels for Older Adults: Empirical Evaluation of Labels Designed to Provide Older Users the Information They Teed to Minimize Adverse Drug Events” focused on an objective evaluation of OTC label formats by older adults. In addition to her disciplinary research, Alyssa is also an active scholar of packaging education, regularly conducting teaching as research projects evaluating the effects of pedagogical choices on students’ sense of belonging and development of learning communities in packaging classrooms.
Dr. Carolyn Stevenson is currently a full-time faculty member for Purdue University Global. She completed her Ed.D. from Roosevelt University, M.B.A. from Kaplan University, M.A. in Communications from Governor’s State University, and B.A. in English from Northern Illinois University. She has been cited for her expertise in online learning, qualitative research, open educational resources, and prior learning. She is also a regular reviewer for conference papers and textbooks and has served on various offices and committees for the American Education Research Association. Carolyn has over 20 years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is currently working on editing a text entitled Enhancing Higher Education Accessibility through Open Education and Prior Learning, to be published by IGI Global in 2021.
Dr. Cristin Jensen Lasser has been an educator since 2002, teaching in both U.S. and international contexts. She earned a Ph.D. in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity from the University of Colorado in 2015. Her research focuses on educational equity and access for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) learners in both in-person and online classrooms, parent and community engagement/partnerships, and professional development for CLD educators. Dr. Lasser is an Assistant professor of culturally and linguistically diverse education at Regis University.
It was a wonderful opportunity to network with the scholars in your field and see how they are doing in other parts of the world. I made connections with some very interesting people who may be helpful to collaborate in research projects in the future.
I really appreciate having the possibility to chat with and hear all these wonderful people. This is not a vertical dynamic, we all were treated the same and that made possible for us students to talk with amazing academics and to have their comments on our work.
This conference experience will aid me in my future because it reminded me of the importance of learning from colleagues and building upon our strengths. I feel more confident that I can communicate effectively with fellow scholars from around the world.